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Michael Earl Craig's third full-length collection of expertly crystalline yet wholly unexpected renderings of everyday existence.

A masterwork of lucid dreaming, Thin Kimono continues Craig's singular breed of brilliant and generously uncanny poems, reflecting, while utterly slanting, the idiosyncrasies of daily existence in the oft-incomprehensible world.

Review:

"Craig's third book, like his first two, is a playful and straightforward examination of the everyday turned on its head. His motives, though mutable, are consistent--'I believe in tacos and mortification'--and his approach is at once no-nonsense and consciously silly: 'After lunch a human head came out, on its own,/ from behind the boathouse./ This was supposedly an omen / but we took it as an inconvenience.' His offbeat remarks are a source of surprising amusement and yet somehow familiar. 'One statue in particular makes me feel like a mime./ A professional mime. But not a successful one./ One of the lesser mimes.' If nothing else, this book will show you that 'Humans learn early to smile to keep from being eaten. Also to aid/ in procreation. Those are the only reasons,' and that it is possible to have 'weather for feelings.' Craig (Yes, Master) is a fun read, and his accessibility makes his latest book an enjoyable experience for new and seasoned readers alike. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"The intuitive leap, grounded by rhyme and subtler resonances, is early warning that the logic of Thin Kimono is that of dreams. Things are named. Time is fundamentally linear. But causality is obscured... Even in the seemingly random firings of a contemporary consciousness, there is a pedestrian suggestion of the possibility of explaining the mind by replicating its moves. And yet the singular consciousness that speaks these poems remains mysterious." Megan Levad, Boston Review

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"I like being in the world of Craig's poems. Anything can happen, and probably will, and it will affect me in small or large ways that I couldn't have imagined. The precision of their imagery keeps me reeling with delight." James Tate

Synopsis:

Thin Kimono continues Michael Earl Craig's singular breed of brilliant absurdist poetry, utterly and masterfully slanting the realities of daily existence.

Synopsis:

The third collection of deadpan absurdist poetry by a Certified Journeyman Farrier from Montana.

Synopsis:

"I like being in the world of Craig's poems. Anything can happen, and probably will, and it will affect me in small or large ways that I couldn't have imagined. The precision of their imagery keeps me reeling with delight."—James Tate

Thin Kimono continues Michael Earl Craig's singular breed of brilliant absurdist poetry, utterly and masterfully slanting the realities of daily existence.

Michael Earl Craig is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006) and Can You Relax in My House (Fence Books, 2002). He lives in Livingston, Montana, where he is a certified journeyman farrier.

About the Author

Michael Earl Craig is the author of three collections of poetry: Thin Kimono (Wave Books, 2010), Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006) and Can You Relax in My House (2002, Fence Books). He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Montana, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts. His poems have been published in various print and online journals, including Provincetown Arts, The Iowa Review, The Believer, HoboEye, Octopus, Fence, jubilat, and Denver Quarterly, as well as anthologized in Isnt It Romantic: 100 Love Poems (Verse Press, 2004) and Poems About Horses (Everymans Library Pocket Series, 2009). He lives in Livingston, Montana, where is a Certified Journeyman Farrier, and shoes horses for a living.

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ISBN:
9781933517469
Author:
Craig, Michael Earl
Publisher:
Wave Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Craig's third book, like his first two, is a playful and straightforward examination of the everyday turned on its head. His motives, though mutable, are consistent--'I believe in tacos and mortification'--and his approach is at once no-nonsense and consciously silly: 'After lunch a human head came out, on its own,/ from behind the boathouse./ This was supposedly an omen / but we took it as an inconvenience.' His offbeat remarks are a source of surprising amusement and yet somehow familiar. 'One statue in particular makes me feel like a mime./ A professional mime. But not a successful one./ One of the lesser mimes.' If nothing else, this book will show you that 'Humans learn early to smile to keep from being eaten. Also to aid/ in procreation. Those are the only reasons,' and that it is possible to have 'weather for feelings.' Craig (Yes, Master) is a fun read, and his accessibility makes his latest book an enjoyable experience for new and seasoned readers alike. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "The intuitive leap, grounded by rhyme and subtler resonances, is early warning that the logic of Thin Kimono is that of dreams. Things are named. Time is fundamentally linear. But causality is obscured... Even in the seemingly random firings of a contemporary consciousness, there is a pedestrian suggestion of the possibility of explaining the mind by replicating its moves. And yet the singular consciousness that speaks these poems remains mysterious."
"Review" by , "I like being in the world of Craig's poems. Anything can happen, and probably will, and it will affect me in small or large ways that I couldn't have imagined. The precision of their imagery keeps me reeling with delight."
"Synopsis" by , Thin Kimono continues Michael Earl Craig's singular breed of brilliant absurdist poetry, utterly and masterfully slanting the realities of daily existence.
"Synopsis" by ,
The third collection of deadpan absurdist poetry by a Certified Journeyman Farrier from Montana.
"Synopsis" by ,

"I like being in the world of Craig's poems. Anything can happen, and probably will, and it will affect me in small or large ways that I couldn't have imagined. The precision of their imagery keeps me reeling with delight."—James Tate

Thin Kimono continues Michael Earl Craig's singular breed of brilliant absurdist poetry, utterly and masterfully slanting the realities of daily existence.

Michael Earl Craig is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006) and Can You Relax in My House (Fence Books, 2002). He lives in Livingston, Montana, where he is a certified journeyman farrier.

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